The upcoming SENCER workshop day is soon approaching!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Augustana will welcome Dr. Marion Fass, SENCER representative and professor at Beloit College, to present and dialogue with us about civic engagement in our classrooms. She brings much experience and passion for bridging the content we teach with the impact it has outside the classroom. The day will include presentations from Dr. Fass, a convocation focusing on sustainability issues, a working lunch, and breakout sessions applying to Augustana's campus.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
8:30 Welcome and Introduction to SENCER
(Board Room, College Center)
(Continental breakfast included.)
10:30 Convocation (Centennial Hall)
Dr. Cal Dewitt, UW professor of environmental studies
11:30 Working Lunch (Board Room, College Center)
1:00 Breakout Sessions I (various locations)
2:00 Breakout Sessions II (various locations)
Please RSVP using this survey link: http://www.isalient.com/app/index.php?survey_code=75427f1f&login=1
Please contact Becca Poock if you have any questions or concerns, email@example.com, x8287.
Convocation - Dr. Cal DeWitt
February 4, 2010
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Cal DeWitt will explore the question, What does the Bible and Science have to say about Caring for Creation? He suggests, "We human beings have come to be a major influence on the earth, and are discovering that our species is now degrading and destroying some of its vital parts and processes. This has happened in spite of our centuries-old biblical "stewardship tradition" that made "caring for the earth" our "most ancient, most worthy, and most pleasing responsibility." How did this happen? And what should we do about it? This lecture presents scientific and biblical responses to these questions, as we face the dilemma of a dramatically-changing earth."
DeWitt is professor of environmental studies with the Gaylord Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His assignment since 1972 has been "to address the fragmentation of the disciplines" through development of an integrative program of teaching, research, and public service directed at ecological integrity and sustainability.
DeWitt also has been instrumental in bringing climate scientists and evangelical leaders together to address global climate change and land stewardship. His most widely read book is Earth-Wise: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues, 2nd ed. He received the National Wildlife Federation's "Connie" Award in 2005 as "a world-class conservationist" who "has made a huge difference with his life in bringing his work as an environmental scientist and ethicist to bear on the church's role in caring for the environment..."
The River Readings at Augustana
presents Richard Katrovas
Thursday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
(Q & A open session 3:30-4:30 p.m., room 518, Tredway Library)
A skilled practitioner of poetry, fiction, and memoir, Richard Katrovas will read from his work. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Katrovas is the founding academic director of the Prague Summer Program, and is the author of six books of poetry, Green Dragons, Snug Harbor, The Public Mirror, The Book of Complaints, Dithyrambs and Prague Winter; a book of short stories, Prague USA; two memoirs, The Years of Smashing Bricks and The Republic of Burma Shave; and a novel, Mystic Pig. He is a professor of English at Western Michigan University.
Katrovas, spent his early years in cars and motels living on the highways of America while his father, a petty thief and conman, eluded state and federal authorities. During his father's prison terms, Katrovas and his mother and siblings lived on welfare in public housing projects. Katrovas was adopted by relatives in his early teens, and lived with them for three years in Sasebo, Japan, where he earned a second-degree black belt in Shobukan Okinawa-te Karate. He graduated from high school in Coronado, California, and attended San Diego State University (B.A., English, 1977). He was then a Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, attended the MFA program at the University of Arkansas, and finished his graduate work in the Iowa Writers' Workshop (MFA, 1983). Between 1970 and 1983, Katrovas taught karate and worked in numerous restaurants in San Diego, then New Orleans. He taught for twenty years at the University of New Orleans.
Augustana Center for Polar Studies Presents
Public lecture on polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic in 2010
"Ultima Thule: Archaeological Investigations in Northwest Greenland"
by Dr. Christyann Darwent, University of California, Davis
February 4, 2010
John Deere Lecture Hall
Midwest Faculty Seminar Presents:
Global Capitalisms: Old and New
February 25-27, 2010
Midwest Faculty Seminar is pleased to announce their third seminar of the 2009-2010 academic year. This seminar will examine capitalism in a variety of forms, and will discuss the ways in which these forms can be conceptualized. Confirmed speakers include Moishe Postone (History & Jewish Studies), Dali Yang (Political Science & East Asian Studies), Ralph Austen (African History), Paul Cheney (History), and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (History). A program announcement and registration form can be found here. Please contact Jeff Abernathy by February 15th if you are interested in attending.
"What are we doing here?"
Ever get that question from your students? Do you have a good answer?
Figuring out what we are doing, how we are trying to do it, and if it is working is important to all of us. How do we figure that all out? It starts with asking the question.
Each year, the Dean's office and the Assessment Committee try to find ways to be helpful concerning these questions-and encourages you to come to your own answers. We'd like to do that again.
We make the following offer to all departments trying to answer these questions (and others). You are invited to a Departmental Workshop day on March 5th (the Friday before the start of Spring term). We will provide coffee and donuts (and maybe something healthy) in the morning and will provide lunch to all departments that commit to gathering that day to explore these questions. Members of the Assessment Committee will be available to offer suggestions and help if you get stuck. We will also provide materials to help "prime the pump." If your department has had difficulty finding time or motivation to do assessment work this year, then this workshop is for you.
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
To reserve you place at the table, contact Bob Haak:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ext. 8614